As a kid, I thought that all scientists dressed in a white coat and goggles, ready to mix chemicals and use fancy equipment in a lab. I didn’t realize that in playing outdoors, catching insects, and asking questions, I was doing science. Now as a field biologist, I am constantly inspired by the natural curiosity […]
Last month I had the opportunity to run a workshop on protecting native bees for 250+ kids at Camp Micah in Bridgton, ME. Like humans, bees need three things: food, shelter, and water. In my workshop, the campers focused on shelter—we built 200 bee “hotels” to donate to the Honeybee Conservancy for their Sponsor-A-Hive program. […]
For the last few years, I have had the honor of working with staff at the Discovery Museum in Acton, MA to develop and present my “All About Bees” program. Museum visitors get to taste honey, observe insects under a microscope, and make their own beeswax candles. To read more about last year’s program and […]
“If you ask questions, make predictions, and search for answers, you are a scientist. ‘Science’ isn’t a person in a lab coat using fancy equipment and mixing chemicals, it’s a process that can be done in a lab, in a classroom, at home, out in the field.” For the past couple years, I have been […]
Miles (5 yo) asked: Why do flowers smell nice? I got to chat with Washington State University’s Dr. Universe to help answer that question! Check out the answer here!
I have the pleasure to be a part of the new group, the Tufts Pollinator Initiative (TPI). Our group was recently funded by the Tufts Green Fund to make Tufts University a better place for pollinators! To learn about our initiative, check out TPI’s first blog post (written by yours truly) here!
Insectes Sociaux: What is your favourite social insect and why? “This question is so hard. As a beekeeper and someone who recently got their PhD studying honey bees, I feel like I should say honey bees. I do love honey bees, but my favourite social insect might be…” I was recently interviewed byInsectes Sociaux, a […]
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Communicating Science National Workshop (a.k.a ComSciCon17)
When scientists give talks, we typically end the talk with an “Acknowledgements” slide, where we thank everyone who made that talk possible: co-authors, funders, field hands, etc. In March, I had the honor of giving a much different kind of talk: a TEDxTufts talk! Even though I was alone on stage, I couldn’t have pulled […]
Today is a big day: it’s Earth Day AND the March for Science! I won’t be marching today but I will be doing science outreach at the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA while sporting my #MarchForScience t-shirt. I will be with all my fellow scientists and science-supporters in spirit! Also, I had to pleasure of […]